By: Adam Gretz
Colorado's Chuck Kobasew became the latest NHL player to be fined for tripping, being hit with a $2,500 punishment on Monday afternoon for an incident that took place on Saturday afternoon against the Vancouver Canucks.
The play happened late in the second period as Kobasew and Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis were involved in a race for the puck on a potential icing call, and as Hamhuis arrived first to touch up for the whistle, Kobasew poked his stick at Hamhuis' feet, sending him into the boards.
Don Cherry's Coaches Corner segment on Saturday showed the play, and you can see it starting at the 6:05 mark here.
The NHL has been handing out quite a few fines for tripping in recent weeks, but most of them have been for slew foots that the NHL has started to call "dangerous trips." This type of play is a bit different, but doesn't seem to be any more or less dangerous as it can still result in a pretty serious injury. It could also be used as another argument for no-touch icing to make its way into the NHL.
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(H/T Sean Leahy for Coaches Corner video)
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